Origin of gorseMiddle English gorst ; from Old English ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?hers-, to stiffen, bristle from source Classical Latin horrere, to stand on end
Any of several spiny evergreen shrubs of the genus Ulex of the pea family, especially U. europaeus, native to Europe and naturalized elsewhere, having fragrant yellow flowers and black pods. Also called furze, whin1.
Origin of gorseMiddle English gorst, gors, from Old English.
(countable and uncountable, plural gorses)
From Middle English gorst, from Old English gors, akin to German Gerste (“barley”).